Seasons Greetings from the School for Primary Care Research
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Congratulations to

Sam Watts who was highly commended for public engagement in 2015, at the Dean's awards, University of Southampton. Sam is Principal Investigator on a School funded project developing a digital GP behaviour change intervention to support GPs in the delivery of evidence based practice around the management of PSA screening and active surveillance in primary care.
Mike Moore (Professor of Primary Care Research) who took the reigns as Head of Academic Unit at the University of Southampton from 1 August this year. 
To assist with running the Unit, Mike will be joined by Julie Parkes, Associate Professor in Public Health, in the Deputy Director role.  They are both Theme 4 leads on the NIHR CLAHRC Public Health and Primary Care programme.

Self managing Type 2 diabetes to reduce the risk of heart disease, kidney failure and premature death 

Part-funded by the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, researchers in the internationally acclaimed E-Health Unit at University College London have developed a digital health intervention that is successfully increasing uptake and reducing costs to the NHS.

The UCL e-health unit has collaborated with NHS Alliance and ITN Productions to produce a short film celebrating innovation and new ways of working in Primary Care. With the challenges facing Primary Care and the NHS more generally, including a larger and ageing population, budget constraints, and higher expectations of care standards, e-health is recognized as a key component for achieving more for less.  The film features several of the interventions developed by the E-Health Unit including work in areas of alcohol, safer sex and diabetes. It showcases the HeLP-Diabetes Programme, which was developed by the eHealth Unit and implemented via Help-Digital, a Community Interest Company led by UCL, as a working example of how research has been practically implemented into CCGs to the benefit of the NHS and patients. Read more. 


Domestic violence and abuse: how should doctors and nurses respond?

Professor Gene Feder GP and Professor of Primary Care, Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol
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NIHR Central Commissioning Facility news

News and funding opportunities
Obesity Themed Call
and more

Projects included in the NIHR Journals Library

Study Support Service Programme e-news
CRN Study Support Service


The NIHR Clinical Research Network facilitates the development, set-up and delivery of clinical research studies in the NHS, in close collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders. They include: researchers, research teams, NHS R&D offices and the sponsors and funders of research including the life-sciences industry. The CRN e-newsletter is designed to keep you up -to-date with developments of the CRN Study Support Service and help you make the most of the Service. Read the newsletter.

Applications invited for the RCGP Spotlight Project Programme - deadline 15 January 2016

The Royal College of General Practitioners is currently inviting applications to join the Spotlight Project Programme,
for a start date of 1 April 2016.
Potential funders are invited to submit proposals for a one year programme of work that will focus on a specific clinical area; improving access to high quality information and guidance on this issue.
The RCGP is a network of more than 50,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. By working with the College, successful applicants will benefit from both its active and engaged membership and its reputation as the guardian of standards for general practice in the UK.
An example of a current programme is the Patient Safety Spotlight Project, supported by the NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre. Outputs from the programme include a toolkit of resources for GPs across the UK and a series of events, such as the one pictured above. Held on 27 November 2015, the event was an opportunity for around 50 primary care professionals to deepen their knowledge of patient safety tools and hear from speakers including Professor Tony Avery, Professor Stephen Campbell and Professor Kadam Umesh.
To apply to the programme, applicants should return the Initial Expression of Interest Form to by 15 January 2016.
If selected to go to the second stage, a more detailed work plan will need to be submitted no later than 15 February 2016.
For more information, please click here or contact Verity Sharp, Senior Programme Officer on
Above: A Patient Safety event held in Kegworth and facilitated by the Vale of Trent RCGP Faculty on Friday 27 November 2015. The day was an introduction to the Patient Safety Toolkit with a specific focus on the Trigger Tool and the Patient Safety Questionnaire, as well as discussion about how the GPs could use the toolkit in their own practices.
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